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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brent on 05-11-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear golden color with a two finger head that rapidly recedes back to a relatively stable 1cm lid, minimal lacing is left behind on the glass. Body and carbonation are on the lighter side of medium strength.

Smells of Pine resin, grapefruit, assorted citrus rind bouquet, and a touch of toffee malt. Tastes of a good even blend of citrus peel, some dank and resinous hopping, caramel malt, and lightly of Simcoe-styled onion / garlic combo. Has an aspirin / medicinal bittering finish with some rising heat from booze.

WastingFreetime, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

netshark, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I suppose I have preconceived notions about what any beer involving hops from Sierra Nevada should be. This seems a bit off for me. A bit too acidic and salty from hops. Not as well balanced as I would like. Certainly, it's a drinkable beer. But it isn't bringing much to the table for the style.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual copper and auburn color for many of Sierra Nevada's hoppy beers. Good head on it, almost 1" deep, something nice for something so hoppy.

Aroma, usual cascade stuff going on. While nice, I think I've gotten so use to uber dry hopping with the proprietary hops, that this one, which was still good, just didn't blow me away enough I guess to warrant a 4.

Taste, as usual, Sierra Nevada hides the alcohol well, delivers a ton of C hops, lots of caramel. Kind of sad in a way how good this is, and it just kinda meets expectations, but I guess that's how it goes when you're the innovator and leader. Managed to get lots of tropical fruit flavors in there, making me think maybe there is a little more going on than the C hops, (well Citra is a C hop, but I use C hop in the more traditional, non proprietary hop vein) and this does taste like Citra is a possibility that I didn't think of when getting the aroma.

Mouthfeel is so much more than just bitterness, its a soft bitterness allowing all the other aspects be it fruit or caramel to shine, and yet not bog the palate down with heft either.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

pjs234, Jul 16, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: I reviewed this on 5/8/11 under the old listing for this beer before everything was fixed.

Best of Beer Camp #29: Double IPA (Ghidorah)

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on 1099 (April 9, 2011)

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy stark white head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Toasted malts, pine and light citrus. Smells bitter.

Taste: Toasted and caramel malt backbone is quickly overwhelmed by spicy, pine-like bitterness, with some orange citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Feel: Fairly full, smooth body with moderate carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Pretty damn bitter DIPA. I definitely like it, but a more fully formed flavor profile could have helped offset the bitterness. Reminds me a little of Ruination - another one I respect and like more than truly love.

bsp77, Jul 15, 2012
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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.